[ in-shoor-uhns, -shur- ]
/ ɪnˈʃʊər əns, -ˈʃɜr- /
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of or relating to a score that increases a team's lead and insures that the lead will be held if the opposing team should score once more: The home run gave the team an insurance run, making the score 7-5.



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Origin of insurance

First recorded in 1545–55; insure + -ance
non·in·sur·ance, nounpre·in·sur·ance, nounpro·in·sur·ance, adjective
assurance, insurance
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British Dictionary definitions for insurance

/ (ɪnˈʃʊərəns, -ˈʃɔː-) /


  1. the act, system, or business of providing financial protection for property, life, health, etc, against specified contingencies, such as death, loss, or damage, and involving payment of regular premiums in return for a policy guaranteeing such protection
  2. the state of having such protection
  3. Also called: insurance policy the policy providing such protection
  4. the pecuniary amount of such protection
  5. the premium payable in return for such protection
  6. (as modifier)insurance agent; insurance broker; insurance company
a means of protecting or safeguarding against risk or injury
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